A. M. Rathnam

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A. M. Rathnam
Native name ఏఎం రత్నం
Residence Film Nagar, Hyderabad
Occupation Producer
Children Jyothi Krishna
Ravi Krishna
Awards Filmfare Awards South

A. M. Rathnam is an Indian film producer from Andhra Pradesh, known for his works in Telugu cinema and Tamil cinema.[1][2] Under the gamut of Sri Surya Movies Entertainment, Hyderabad, a movie production house owned by him, he has produced blockbusters in Telugu such as Karthavyam (1990), Peddarikam (1992) and Sneham Kosam (1999) Kushi (2001).[3] He ventured into Tamil cinema in 1996 with the blockbuster, Indian, which was India's Official Entry for the Best Foreign Language Film for the Academy Awards. He then produced films like Kushi, Run, Boys, Enakku 20 Unakku 18, Dhool, Ghilli, 7G Rainbow Colony,Arrambam, Bangaram, Yennai Arindhaal andVedalam.[4]

Personal life[edit]

Rathnam was born in Buchireddipalem of Nellore district in Andhra Pradesh, into a Telugu family. Rathnam has two sons, director and actor Jyothi Krishna and actor Ravi Krishna. Jyothi Krishna's directorial debut, Enakku 20 Unakku 18 and its Telugu version, as well as Ravi Krishna's first four films, that also include Jyothi Krishna's second directorial venture Kedi, were all produced by Rathnam himself.[5] In 2012, he built a temple for Shirdi Sai Baba at his office in Valasaravakkam.[1][6]


Ratnam started his career as a make up man for south LadySuperstar Vijayashanti'. With support from the actress he produced his first film, Karthavyam, in 1990. Vijayashanti won the National Award for the Best Actress for this film. He made films with Kamal Hassan, Chiranjeevi and many other super stars. He later began producing films in Tamil and Hindi as well, dubbing and releasing several films in other languages. He went on to finance Shankar's Indian, which earned him the Filmfare Award for Best Film – Tamil and was later submitted by India for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film, Nayak: The Real Hero and Sneham Kosam starring Chiranjeevi. Rathnam produced the Tamil romance film Kushi starring Vijay and its same-titled Telugu remake the following year starring Pawan Kalyan, both of which were directed by S. J. Surya and became highly successful.[7] During the early 1990s he directed two films Peddarikam and Sankalpam in Telugu.[7] He has also written the screenplay for the film Naaga.[8]


Filmfare Awards South


Year Film Language Notes
1990 Karthavyam Telugu Filmfare Award for Best Film - Telugu
1992 Peddarikam Telugu Also Screenplay & Direction
1993 Aashayam Telugu
1994 Tejasvini Hindi Remake of 'Karthavyam'
1995 Sankalpam Telugu Also Screenplay & Direction
1996 Indian Tamil Filmfare Award for Best Film – Tamil
Cinema Express Award for Best Film – Tamil
Dubbed into Telugu as Bharateeyudu.
1998 Natpukkaga Tamil Filmfare Award for Best Film – Tamil
1998 Ellame En Pondaati Tamil
1999 Sneham Kosam Telugu
1999 Oke Okkadu Telugu
1999 Kadhalar Dhinam Tamil Dubbed into Hindi as Dil Hi Dil Mein and Telugu as Premikula Roju
2000 Kandukondain Kandukondain Telugu Dubbed into Telugu as Priyuraalu Pilichindi
2000 Kushi Tamil
2001 Khushi Telugu Highest Grossing Tollywood film at that time 24 Cr
2001 Nayak: The Real Hero Hindi
2002 Run Tamil Dubbed into Telugu as Run.
2003 Enakku 20 Unakku 18 Tamil
2003 Nee Manasu Naaku Telusu Telugu
2004 Kovil Tamil
2004 Dhool Tamil
2003 Naaga Telugu Also Screenplay
2003 Boys Tamil
2004 Ghilli Tamil
2004 7G Rainbow Colony Tamil Dubbed into Telugu as 7/G Brundavan Colony
2005 Sukran Tamil Only Distribution
2005 Ponniyin Selvan Tamil
2005 Sivakasi Tamil
2006 Bangaram Telugu
2006 Kedi Tamil
2006 Dharmapuri Tamil
2008 Gaalipata Kannada
2008 Bheema Tamil
2013 Arrambam Tamil
2015 Yennai Arindhaal Tamil
2015 Vedalam Tamil
2016 Oxygen Telugu Filming


  1. ^ a b V Lakshmi (5 May 2012). "A M Rathnam builds temple – Times of India". Articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com. Retrieved 24 September 2012. 
  2. ^ palPalani (29 September 2011). "Ajith-Vishnuvardhan-A.M Rathnam project confirmed". Southdreamz.com. Retrieved 24 September 2012. 
  3. ^ "A.m. Rathnam photos, videos, latest news, A.m. Rathnam wallpapers". ApunKaChoice.com. Retrieved 24 September 2012. 
  4. ^ S. R. Ashok Kumar (20 July 2012). "Arts / Cinema : Showbitz: Lean and mean". The Hindu. Retrieved 24 September 2012. 
  5. ^ "Video : Producer A.M.Rathnam Speaks About Ajith Kumar". Star Ajith. 11 June 2012. Retrieved 24 September 2012. 
  6. ^ "Ajith at Ratnam's Sai Baba temple". Sify.com. 7 May 2012. Retrieved 24 September 2012. 
  7. ^ a b "Telugu Cinema Etc". Idlebrain.com. 12 June 2001. Retrieved 24 September 2012. 
  8. ^ "Telugu Cinema – Review – Naaga – NTR, Sadaf, Jennifer, Raghuvaran, Rajan P Dev, Rambha – AM Ratnam". Idlebrain.com. 10 January 2003. Retrieved 24 September 2012. 
  9. ^ http:// Refer Filmfare Magazine August 1991, 38th filmfare awards south
  10. ^ http://www.cscsarchive.org:8081/MediaArchive/art.nsf/(docid)/45330DAF8370E87C652569400062014F

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